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M.H. Abrams, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century's most acclaimed works of criticism, has died. He was 102.Abrams' death was confirmed to The Associated Press on...
Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy (2015)
The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — State media says Egyptian poet Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy, who channeled folklore and rural life into verses that touched the Arab world, has died at 77 after a long illness.He was known for writing in the Egyptian dialect and penning lyrics for beloved singers such as Abdel Halim Hafez. He was imprisoned under socialist President Gamal Abdel-Nasser but later...
Frederic Morton, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By GEORGE JAHN, The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — U.S. writer Frederic Morton, who became internationally recognized in part through books on the Austrian homeland that he was forced to flee because of the Holocaust, has died, his Austrian publishers said Monday. He was 90.The Deuticke publishing house said Morton died in his Vienna hotel room overnight on the eve of a public reading of some of...
Guenter Grass, 87 (1927 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON and HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Guenter Grass was to Germany what William Faulkner was to the old American South: The bard, scourge and pathfinder of a society ruined by moral disgrace and humiliated by military defeat.For much of his adult life, the Nobel-winning writer held the rare status in the literary world of both national historian and inventor....
Ivan Doig, 75 (1939 - 2015)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75.Geoff Kloske, the publisher of Riverhead Books, said in a statement that Doig died Thursday of multiple myeloma at his Seattle home."Ivan was one of the greats," Kloske said. "We have lost a friend, a...
Stanley Kutler, 80 (1934 - 2015)
The Associated PressMADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Watergate historian Stanley Kutler, who successfully fought for the release of President Richard Nixon's secret tapes, died Tuesday in Wisconsin. He...
Tomas Transtromer, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISING, The Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday...
Ellen Conford, 73 (1942 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp...
Valentin Rasputin, 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Valentin Rasputin, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on...
Terry Pratchett, 66 (1948 - 2015)
By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. ...
Mal Peet (2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday...
Yasar Kemal (2015)
By SUZAN FRASER, The Associated PressANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.Kemal died...
Philip Levine, 87 (1928 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE and SCOTT SMITH, The Associated PressFRESNO, California (AP) — Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal...
André Brink, 79 (1935 - 2015)
By LYNSEY CHUTEL, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prolific author, Andre Brink, who used his work to question the policies of South Africa's apartheid regime, has died, his publishers said...
Martin Gilbert, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the Holocaust, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 78.Gilbert died...
Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. ...
John Bayley, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Author John Bayley, known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, has died of a heart ailment. He was 89.His editor Robert Weil said...
Helen Eustis, 98 (1916 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98. Eustis...
Robert Stone, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works...
Tadeusz Konwicki, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tadeusz Konwicki, a prominent Polish writer and filmmaker whose works during the communist era lampooned the authoritarian Soviet-imposed system, has died....
Miller Williams, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By ANDREW DeMILLO, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas poet Miller Williams, a prolific writer and teacher who read a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, has died....
Stanislaw Baranczak, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home,...
Norman Bridwell, 86 (1928 - 2014)
By LEANNE ITALIE, The Associated PressNorman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the...
Ralph Giordano, 91 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Ralph Giordano, a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out against anti-Semitism and the far right, and later became a prominent critic of Germany's...
Claudia Emerson (2014)
By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, died early Thursday morning at age...
Vicente Lenero (2014)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Renowned Mexican author, playwright and journalist Vicente Lenero has died. He was 81.Rafael Tovar y de Teresa is president of Mexico's National Council for...
Kent Haruf, 71 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Author Kent Haruf, who wrote "Plainsong" and several other novels set in small-town Colorado, died Sunday at age 71, his publisher said.Haruf's editor at Knopf...
Radwa Ashour, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MERRIT KENNEDY, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and educator Radwa Ashour, who used her often deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues, has died...
Mark Strand (2014)
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse, has died. He was 80.Strand, whose works were translated into...
Saeed Akl, 102 (1912 - 2014)
Obit Text Preview The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102. ...